Cell Phone Exposure Causes
Brain Damage In Rats - Study
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- A study published today in the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) found for the first time that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by certain mobile phones damaged neurons in the brains of rats.
The researchers studied 12 to 26 week-old rats because their developmental age is comparable to that of human teenagers, who are some of the heaviest users of mobile phones. "The situation of the growing brain might deserve special concern," the study authors wrote, "since biological and maturational processes are particularly vulnerable. We cannot exclude that after some decades of often daily use, a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects as early as middle age."
Three groups of rats were exposed for 2 hours to GSM mobile phone EMFs of different strengths. GSM, which stands for Global System for Mobile Communications, is the main standard for mobile phones used in Europe, as well as in many countries in the Middle East and Asia. GSM is one of several standards by which mobile phones in the United States operate.
The study found that EMF exposure was associated with leakage of albumin through the blood-brain barrier and neuronal damage that increased in response to the amount of exposure. The authors acknowledged that the study sample was small, but stated that "the combined results are highly significant and exhibit a clear dose-response relation."
Earlier EMF studies have focused on whether exposure might cause cancer, with some studies finding increased risk but most showing no effects or even decreased risk.
"Scientists have been looking for some time at the possible effects of exposure to the energy coming out of cell phones," says Dr. Jim Burkhart, science editor for Environmental Health Perspectives. "These scientists decided to look in a new place, studying potential nerve damage, rather than cancer growth. Their results suggest a strong need for further study as we all rely on cell phones more and more."
The study team was headed by Leif G. Salford of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University in Sweden. Other authors include Arne E. Brun, Jacob L. Eberhardt, Lars Malmgren, and Bertil R.R. Persson. The study will appear in a future print issue of EHP. EHP is the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information is available online at
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Informant: JNewton at EMRNetwork
How even very weak electric and magnetic fields can affect cells...
Hello and congratullations for your active stand. I think the scientific community has not yet realized that there is now a theory that explains how even very weak electric and magnetic fields (of the order of 3mV/m or 1G correspondingly) can affect cells and organisms by Non-Thermal mechanism.
This theory is published in two papers already: Panagopoulos D.J., Messini N., Karabarbounis A., Filippetis A.L., and Margaritis L.H., (2000), A Mechanism for Action of Oscillating Electric Fields on Cells, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 272(3), 634-640.
Panagopoulos D.J. Karabarbounis A. and Margaritis L.H., (2002), Mechanism for Action of Electromagnetic Fields on Cells, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 298(1), 95-102.
The theory is considered as the only proposed mechanism that has no deficiencies. [See: Creasey W.A. and Goldberg R.B., (2001), A new twist on an old mechanism for EMF bioeffects?, EMF Health Report, 9 (2), 1-11].
Also there is another review paper just published, describing serious effects of GSM mobile phone's field on insects' reproductive capacity:
Panagopoulos D.J. and Margaritis L.H., 2003, Effects of electromagnetic fields on the reproductive capacity of Drosophila melanogaster, In: Stavroulakis P. (Ed.) "Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields", Springer-Verlag.
Best regards Dr Dimitris J.Panagopoulos Department of Cell Biology & Biophysics Faculty of Biology University of Athens 15784 Athens Greece
1. The recommendation dated 12 of July from 1999 of the Counsel of the European Union published in the Daily Official of the European Communities dated 30-7-99 says in its 4º Considering the following thing: Is absolutely necessary the protection of the citizens of the Community against the harmful effects for the health that is known can result of the exposition to electromagnetic fields.
2. The Informative Note nº 5/2001 of the General Direction of Investigation of the European Parliament of February of 2001 indicates in its section 2 the wounds that can produce the electromagnetic fields: modification of the metabolism, changes of the hormonal activity, to modify the synthesis of the genetic material, to alter the conduct of the cancerous cells, to stimulate the liberation of histamina and to alter the concentrations of calcium, among others.
3. The problems arisen in whole Europe in relation to the mobile phone system shows that the most maximum levels of chosen emission are not adequate to protect the health of the citizens.
4. We are conscious that the official information does not include several realities:
* The electromagnetic contamination is real, as well as its giddy increase. * The companies of insurances exclude in their policies the cover of damages to the health of them affected. With a potential volume of so important market has there to be serious reasons to do not do it. We should think that the Companies insurance companies negotiate with more care its capital that our authorities the health of the citizens? * The medical literature collects and recognizes concentrations of cancer in three different environmental situations: the ones that have been produced in zones of radioactivity or next to nuclear installations, the once produced next to industrial installations with substances as the asbestos or amianto and the ones that have been produced next to antennae of telecommunications: 327 cases of leukemia in Birmingham or 40 cases of leukemia in adults and 8 in children in the Vatican outskirts of Radio are only two of them. In Spain not only in Valladolid childlike concentrations of cancer next to antennae of phone system have been produced. It patrols with at least 13 cases. * The limits of exposition set in the laws are very different according to countries, communities, cities and towns. Evidently this it is not a good sign of security, keeping in mind that is the motive by the one that the limits have set. On the other hand, in the places with more restrictive legislations the mobile phone system functions without problems.
* Not to stop it being significant in relation to the demonstrations that are done about that has not been shown the shamefulness of the electromagnetic radiation that in the year 99 the 88,15% of the investigations on the effects of the electromagnetic fields was financed by the operators.
5. The State at this time protects more as for the use of the radio public space to the operators that to the citizens that in many cases are seen affected.
Companies signatories: Association Vallisoletana of affected by antennae of Telecommunications AVAATE Mothers Associations Confederacy and Parents of Central Public of Valladolid FAPAVA Students Parents Associations Confederacy of Valladolid FAPA Mothers Associations Confederation and Parents of Castille and Leon CONFAPACAL Students Parents Associations Confederation of Castille and Leon CONFAPACYL Association of affected of the Public School Garcia Quintana of Valladolid Confederacy of Neighbors and Consumers of Valladolid
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